Education recovery focus: June

Female science teacher in a lab coat speaking at the front of a class, anatomical skeleton behind

When it comes to Education Recovery, great teaching is, as always, the number one priority. Education Recovery is an outcome of a great education system, in which delivery of progress, achievement and attainment for children is key, especially in redoubling efforts to reduce the attainment gap. 
We know that teacher participation in high-quality CPD is the key to improvement. Our evaluation work consistently demonstrates that our CPD makes a positive difference for teachers and with pupils. The challenge, whilst protecting the core of the curriculum, is to preserve its breadth, so that young people get the richness of experience they need to develop their own identity and grow into citizens. 

How can we help?

Wayne Jarvis, Senior Network Educational Lead at STEM Learning, has written a blog outlining the guidance on Education Recovery and how we can support you on the journey. 

We are committed to playing our full part in this work and to support teachers and school leaders. On this page, we signpost you to materials which we believe will inspire your teaching approach, improve your knowledge and confidence, inform your assessment of young people and save you time along the way. 
We will be organising our support around three key pillars, with monthly themes to help break down the steps to education recovery:

High quality teaching: curriculum design

Excellent curriculum design, leading to an efficient, supportive and effective scheme of learning is at the centre of education recovery. It gives a framework for teaching and learning that makes genuine progress, helps identify areas for development and can also highlight needs for supporting staff development. Our Science CPD Lead, Mark Langley, has written a blog on this very topic and given his top tips for planning an excellent science curriculum at primary and secondary phases.
There are lots of ways we can support you in designing a successful science curriculum, including high quality CPD courses and resources, at whichever phase you teach:

A broad and rich curriculum: STEM Clubs

STEM Clubs are out-of-timetable sessions that enrich and broaden the curriculum, giving young people the chance to explore science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in less formal settings.
STEM Clubs are usually run within a school or a community setting, or by a home educator. STEM Club leaders have the opportunity to explore more imaginative and inventive teaching methods, igniting new interest and raising attainment in STEM subjects for young people. 
Through their enjoyment of STEM Club activities, students can challenge their abilities and learn more about how the STEM subjects can influence their life and the world around them. By increasing their learning and understanding of STEM subjects, students have the potential to improve their confidence and build upon their skill sets. 
If you’re interested in setting up a STEM Club, or would like to learn more about our STEM Clubs programme, there is a wealth of support available to you – from continued professional development opportunities to activity resource sets, a support network of STEM Club Champions, and the opportunity to inspire students by involving a STEM Ambassador in your sessions. And don’t miss STEM Clubs Week, 21 - 25 June!

Schools and colleges at the centre of communities: STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors can provide a vital link between schools and their wider community. They can support planned lessons or present eye-opening activities which enhance your teaching and inspire your students, taking their education beyond the classroom.  
Inviting a STEM Ambassador to run an activity with your students can bring STEM subjects to life, demonstrating some of the real world applications of the topic which is being studied. For example, take a look at their support for National Numeracy Day.
They can also provide a link to local industries and local employers, showcasing the wider range of opportunities available in STEM careers. This is often in areas relevant to your students such as careers in healthcare, environmental science and much more
STEM Ambassadors can also be excellent role models for your students, challenging stereotypes and misconceptions around the type of people who study STEM. Take a look at some of our Ambassador profiles from International Women’s Day. All of this helps raise your students' aspirations and open their eyes to future possibilities studying STEM could offer.

Join engaging discussions in STEM Community

STEM Community is a helpful and supportive place to share ideas and find support within the teaching of STEM subjects. Prompting thought about aspects of teaching practice, education recovery and more, it is a great opportunity to engage with both peers across the country and our own subject experts.


Browse all of the support we've put together on science education recovery: